WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems running in nearly 30% of all websites with a share of close to 60% in the CMS market. So, WordPress is an undisputed CMS leader. And what makes it a leader of the market its easiness that lets even a non-tech person set a CMS-enabled website.
You can set a WordPress website in minutes even if you have never used it. Apart from this, the CMS has more than 55k of plugins available that can be used to enhance your website and add desired functionality to it.
But the most useful plugins are those ones that let anyone design a webpage without writing even a single line of code. They are known as front-end editing plugins that can be used to create a page without any need of knowing web coding. Most of these plugins come with drag and drop features. It means that you have to drag an element from the element panel and drop that in a row. That’s all. You can create a row with multiple columns to drop elements and, each column can have more rows and columns depending on features provided by a front end WordPress plugin.
Here are the top 8 WordPress front end editing plugins that help anyone design a WordPress CMS based website just by dragging and dropping elements.
#1. WPBakery Page Builder (Visual Composer)
Formally known as Visual Composure, WPBakery Page Builder is one of most widely used front-end page builder plugins available just for $45. It comes with all elements that you need to design a website page without any help of a web designer.
The plugin is accessible through the option available just below the title box of a page. All you have to do is click on the ‘Backend Editor; tab, and start designing a page just by dragging and dropping elements.
This is the element panel from which you can drag elements and drop them inside the rows / columns on your page.
Note: No matter which front-end editor plugin you would use, start creating a page by dragging a row first and then divide it into the desired number of columns. Then drag elements like to include text, image, videos, buttons, etc.
- More than 60 elements
- More than 150 third-party add-ons
- More than 60 prebuilt layouts
- Front end editor to make a page in live mode.
#2. ELEMENTOR (FREE)
Elementor is another one of the widely used front-end plugins for WordPress websites. However, it isn’t a completely free plugin, it’s free version comes with all those elements that are required in creating a basic web page. You can also control individual elements separately. Also, it comes with several prebuilt templates to quickly start with a WordPress page. You can buy the paid version to design a rich WordPress website page.
- Nearly 50 elements, 23 in free version.
- Pre-built template to quickly start with page
- Easy and support most themes.
#3. LIVE COMPOSER (FREE)
Live Composer is popular front-end page building plugin with more than 50000 activate installations. It provides an easy to use drag and drop front-end page building panel but, it can not be used on existing page.
To enable editing, click on the green ‘Active Editor’ button and start creating a page. And yes, it also supports dragging and dropping of elements.
- More than 30 drag-and-drop elements
- Import/ export sections or layouts
- Live preview available
#4. MotoPress Content Editor (freemium)
MotoPress is available as a freemium front end editing plugins. With more than 10000 installations and rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars, MotoPress does also support dragging and dropping of elements. MotoPress’ premium version comes with more elements and the premium support.
- More than 30 content elements
- Extendible through add-ons
- Numerous prebuilt layouts
Note: This plugin can be used only in building new pages. Like Live Composer, you cannot build an existing page also with Live Composer.
#5. Front-End Editor (Free)
Front-End Editor is a free, 4.2-star rated plugin for front-end page building in WordPress websites. You do not have to go through a long configuration process to use the plugin. Just install and activate the plugin and, you are ready to use it.
- Real-time editing
- Included image support
- easy to use interface
#6. Content Manager for WordPress ($25)
The Content Manager for WordPress is a recommended plugin if you want to rapidly build responsive layouts for both pages and posts in a WordPress Website. But it doesn’t come for free. You can buy it for $25. It comes with 50 short codes that can be used to create pages in a WordPress website. You can add codes and drag them into a place and rapidly add style, and publish.
- 50+ Short codes
- Front and back-end editing
- Customizable sidebars
#7. Frontier Post (Free)
Frontier Post is a free front-end editing plugin for full post management right from the front of your WordPress website. It has more than 2,000 active installations with an average rating of 4.7 stars.
- Image support
- Add categories and tags option
- Support posts, pages, and custom post types
#8. Gutenberg (Free)
Gutenberg by Gutenberg Team is a free front-end editing plugin that will soon be built into WordPress Core. It comes with different blocks that can be inserted to create any type of layout you want for a Website. It has more than 20,000 active installations with an average rating of 2.3 out of 5 stars.
- Easy to use content blocks
- Can be applied to older posts
- Soon to be a part of the core
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